TITLE: Queen II
YEAR RELEASED: 1974
CHART ACTION: #49 US, #5 UK
SINGLES: Seven Seas of Rhye (#10 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nothing really hit the radio here.
LINEUP: Freddy Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Very proggy, kinda concept-y second album from Queen doesn’t work all of the time, with some great individual songs bogged down by a concept.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Queen really went for the gusto on their second album, and proved they had some great versatility in them and their sound. Yet, they hitched their second record to a concept that seemed to be muddled at times. You can’t really half-do a concept album, and some songs didn’t seem to flow with it.
This is also one of the softer Queen albums. There is some definite Brian May guitar magic happening, but the album focuses less on bombastic arrangements and more on the acoustic guitar and piano.
I’ve run hot and cold on this album. I know some people love it, but it seems too disjointed and Queen’s prog efforts aren’t as strong as their other songs.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There were two sides, the White Side (all written by Brian May save one Roger Taylor track), and the Black Side (all written by Freddy Mercury)
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, BBC cuts and a b-side
GRADE: B: It’s hot-and-cold, and I’m hot-and-cold on the album in general.